Published Friday 29 June 2012

A giant set of Olympic rings has been unveiled this week at what is arguably London’s most iconic landmark – the London Tower Bridge. The rings were displayed to celebrate exactly one month to go until the start of the Olympic Games.

The Tower Bridge is now the fifth site featuring giant Olympic Rings that will welcome the 4,000 Kiwis – athletes and fans – travelling to London for the 2012 Olympic Games. Other sites include St Pancras Station, Edinburgh, Heathrow, and Newcastle Gateshead.

Weighing over three tonnes and measuring more than 25 metres wide by 11.5 metres tall the aluminium rings were lowered into place at exactly 10am GMT.

The modular construction of the display allows for the assembly to be dismantled after the games and replaced with a giant Paralympic Agitos - the symbol of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) – which will be in place for the duration of the Paralympic Games.

The rings will be visible at night due to an energy efficient lighting system which enables Tower Bridge's lights to change in colour and intensity.

London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe said "The Olympic Rings are an iconic symbol, inspiring athletes and uniting people around the world.”

The giant rings are one of many surprises that will be appearing in London over coming weeks to provide a fantastic welcoming environment for New Zealanders travelling to the Games.

Photo Credits – Getty Images.